Empower Broncos. Empower communities
Through your donation, we can ensure that SCCAP continues to have the resources and support we need to make a difference both at SCU and in the surrounding communities. Thank you for helping us further our mission to create a more equitable and just society.
SCCAP has been an integral part of Santa Clara University for over 50 years. Our organization works across many different fields of social justice with four departments including Health & Disabilities, Education & Mentoring, Housing Security, and Empowerment. SCCAP offers opportunities of service, community based learning, advocacy, activism, and leadership to the university community. As a Chartered Student Organization, SCCAP promotes the holistic education of the participant by serving the surrounding community and by reflecting upon social justice issues, with the intent of challenging the participants to commit to creating a more humane, just and sustainable world. The Santa Clara Community Action Program supports the personal development of SCU students in three different ways.
Off-campus work with community partners
From offering meals to residents in the Tenderloin to being a reliable mentor for students at the nearby Washington Elementary, SCCAP programs allow students to go off-campus and get involved in the greater Santa Clara community. The organizations SCCAP chooses to work with remains consistent every year, aiding in building a mutually beneficial relationship between our community partners and Santa Clara University. Through tens of different programs, students get to pursue their passions and make an impact outside of their campus life.
On-campus work with students and workers
SCCAP provides an avenue for students to make a real different on their campus by facilitating collaboration between fellow students who share similar interests. SCCAP volunteers work through programs like ESL on Campus to provide an opportunity for SCU employees to improve their English. SCCAP staff and volunteers live up to the Jesuit values of being a person for others everyday. Events like Worker’s Appreciation Barbeque are organized for the Benson workers. We put on an annual art show for the past three years in the Forge Garden to appreciate a local artist who works on campus. These small but impactful events that are organized by passionate SCCAP staff who strive to make a more inclusive climate on SCU’s campus.
Organization of advocacy events
While SCCAPers love going to their programs and interacting with the people in the communities that they work with; it is also very clear that many of the issues that we work with are larger than what we see in a weekly commitment. We put on advocacy weeks for different causes to encourage students to understand how their work on campus is part of a larger cause such as; Immigration Week, Allyship Week, and other events regarding housing insecurity, health disparities across the United States, or current education policies. Our goal through our advocacy events is to educate fellow Broncos to understand the proximity and urgency of social justice causes and empower them to take action.
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